Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches the ball for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers activate WR Mike Evans from COVID protocol

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated receiver Mike Evans from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, potentially clearing the way for him to play Sunday against the New York Jets.

He is still recovering from a hamstring strain he sustained in Week 15, and the team did not say whether he’d be ready for action when the Buccaneers (11-4) visit the Jets (4-11).

Evans, 28, missed the Week 16 win against the Carolina Panthers because of the injury, then entered the health and safety protocol on Monday.

The Buccaneers also placed punter Bradley Pinion on the COVID list Friday, where he joins three others: wide receiver Jaelon Darden and cornerbacks Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting.

Evans is the Buccaneers’ second-leading receiver behind Chris Godwin, who is on injured reserve and out for the season. Evans has 899 yards and a team-leading 11 touchdowns. Those 11 scoring catches rank second in the NFL to the 14 by the Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp.

Already the first player in NFL history to begin his career with seven straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Evans is just 101 yards shy of making it eight in a row.

Pinion, 27, started the first 14 games of the season but was sidelined in Week 16 because of a right hip issue. He has a gross average of 42.4 yards and a net average of 38.5 yards on 53 punts this year — with 23 of them downed inside the 20 and two touchbacks.

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Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) scores a touchdown  against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Mike Evans lands on COVID list

Mike Evans was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with wide receivers coach Kevin Garver.

Tampa Bay was thin at the position last week with Chris Godwin placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL and Evans sidelined by a hamstring injury.

That left the Buccaneers with Antonio Brown, who gained 101 yards in his return from a suspension related to falsifying COVID vaccination information, as the lead receiver for Tom Brady.

Evans, 28, leads the Buccaneers with 11 receiving touchdowns. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 64 catches for 899 yards in 14 games.

Evans could return to the lineup for the Bucs this week, but that status of his hamstring injury might also be a factor.

The Buccaneers wrapped up the NFC South by beating the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

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Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches the ball for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Mike Evans, S Antoine Winfield Jr. out vs. Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. will miss Sunday’s game against the host Carolina Panthers, coach Bruce Arians announced Friday.

Evans has missed practice all week after sustaining a hamstring injury in last Sunday’s 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs also lost fellow wideout Chris Godwin (torn ACL) and running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) to injuries in that game.

Evans, 28, leads the Buccaneers with 11 receiving touchdowns. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 64 catches for 899 yards in 14 games.

A returning Antonio Brown as well as Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson are expected to serve as the top wideouts for the Buccaneers (10-4), who can clinch the NFC South title with a win over the Panthers (5-9) on Sunday.

Brown completed a three-game suspension after an NFL investigation determined he produced a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

Arians said he wasn’t too worried about quarterback Tom Brady adjusting to a changing set of receivers.

“He looked fine. Tom is Tom. He’s going to find the guys and get the right guys,” Arians said. “The guys worked hard this week, so he has a lot of confidence in all of them.”

Winfield, 23, will miss his second straight game with a foot injury. He has 72 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one sack in 11 games this season.

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Oct 24, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) looks on in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Mike Evans (back) returns to practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a back injury.

Evans experienced back tightness following Monday night’s 30-10 win against the New York Giants.

The Buccaneers (7-3) hope to have him on the field Sunday when they visit the Indianapolis Colts (6-5), particularly since fellow wideout Antonio Brown (ankle) has not practiced all week.

Evans, 28, is tied for the NFL lead with 10 touchdown catches in 10 games this season. The three-time Pro Bowl selection ranks second on the Bucs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (679) behind Chris Godwin.

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Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) works out prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs will have WR Mike Evans vs. Washington

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told ESPN that wide receiver Mike Evans will play in Saturday night’s road playoff game against the Washington Football Team.

Evans was able to run without restriction Thursday and was determined to be a game-time decision.

Evans, 27, was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. An MRI exam afterward determined it to be a hyperextended left knee. No ligament damage was detected.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has a record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career but has never participated in a playoff game.

In his first season with Tom Brady at quarterback, Evans caught 70 passes for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns. A potential 14th touchdown catch went by the wayside on the play on which Evans was hurt last week. He lost his footing in the end zone and didn’t return to the game.

Cornerback Carlton Davis, also a game-time decision after missing two games with a groin injury, also reportedly is set to play.

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Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Mike Evans runs, game-time decision at WFT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was able to run without restriction Thursday and is a game-time decision for Saturday night’s road playoff game against the Washington Football Team.

Head coach Bruce Arians said the Buccaneers will monitor how Evans responds physically Thursday and Friday. He is likely to work out on the field Saturday in pregame before any final call is made on keeping him active.

Evans, 27, underwent an MRI exam following his Week 17 injury, which was determined to be a hyperextended left knee. No ligament damage was detected.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has a record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career but has never participated in a playoff game.

In his first season with Tom Brady at quarterback, Evans caught 70 passes for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns. A potential 14th touchdown catch went by the wayside on the play on which Evans was hurt last week. He lost his footing in the end zone and didn’t return to the game.

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Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) works out prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Evans has no structural damage to knee

Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans is day to day after hyperextending his left knee in Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Monday that an MRI showed no structural damage to the knee and that he expects to have Evans back in practice on Thursday. He said Evans’ knee had very little swelling.

Before the injury on Sunday, Evans became the first player in NFL history to top 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons when he exceeded the mark in the first quarter.

Evans, 27, set the record when he caught a 20-yard pass from Tom Brady with approximately one minute remaining in the quarter. He had shared the record of six at the start of a career with Hall of Famer Randy Moss.

Evans needed 40 yards entering the contest. He caught three passes for 46 yards in the quarter.

One play after the record-setting catch, Evans was wide open in the end zone but dropped the pass. Replays show he injured his left knee just before the ball arrived and he was down on the turf before being helped off and taken to the locker room. He didn’t return to the game.

Evans has 70 receptions for 1,066 yards and a franchise-record 13 touchdown catches this season.

The Buccaneers (11-5) cruised to a 44-27 victory over the Falcons on Sunday to clinch the fifth seed in the NFC. They will play the Washington Football Team (7-9) on the road in the club’s first postseason game in 13 years on Saturday night.

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Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) works out prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Evans sets receiving record, then leaves with injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans became the first player in NFL history to top 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons when he exceeded the mark in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Evans set the record when he caught a 20-yard pass from Tom Brady with approximately one minute remaining in the quarter. He had shared the record of six at the start of a career with Hall of Famer Randy Moss.

Evans needed 40 yards entering the contest. He caught three passes for 46 in the quarter.

One play after the record-setting catch, Evans was wide open in the end zone but dropped the pass. Replays show he injured his left leg just before the ball arrived and he was down on the turf before being helped off and taken to the locker room.

The team ruled him out for the rest of the game with a knee injury.

Evans has 70 receptions for 1,066 yards and a franchise-record 13 touchdown catches this season.

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Aug 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) talk at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Evans upgraded to questionable vs. Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans’ status was upgraded to questionable on Saturday, one day before the team’s season opener against the host New Orleans Saints.

Evans, who is nursing a hamstring injury, returned to practice as a limited participant on Friday. He was listed as doubtful for the contest at that time.

Evans, 27, missed the final three games of the 2019 season with a hamstring injury.

In 2019, Evans joined Hall of Famer Randy Moss in becoming just the second wide receiver in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons.

Evans had 67 receptions for 1,157 yards with eight touchdowns in the first 13 games in 2019.

The Buccaneers’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (462), receiving yards (7,260) and receiving touchdowns (48).

Scotty Miller or Justin Watson will see an increase in snaps if Evans is unavailable to play Sunday against the Saints.

Also on Saturday, the Buccaneers called up wide receiver Cyril Grayson from the practice squad. Grayson has one career NFL reception after playing two games for Tampa Bay last season.

–Field Level Media